Diamond couple from Attleborough look back on 60 years of marriage

Frank and Janet Kemp from attleborough celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.

Frank and Janet Kemp from attleborough celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

An Attleborough couple have hailed moving to Norfolk the 'best thing' they'd done for their family as they looked back on 60 years of marriage.

Frank and Janet Kemp from attleborough celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.

Frank and Janet Kemp from attleborough celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Frank and Janet Kemp, who live on Cedar Drive, celebrated the milestone anniversary surrounded by friends and family at home.

'We had all the family round to ours. We had a gazebo in the garden and everyone came round - it was kind of like an open day as people had work. They all came at some point. We love them so much,' Mrs Kemp said.

But it was a chance meeting outside a cinema that sparked the long-lasting relationship.

'I had gone with a girlfriend and Frank had gone with two friends and you know how it is, we just started chatting,' Mrs Kemp said.


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Two years later, on Mrs Kemp's 18th birthday, Mr Kemp, then 22, proposed.

They married in a church in Edmonton, London, surrounded by friends and family.

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Soon after, children Michael and Zoe, now 53 and 57 respectively, were born.

After a brief spell living in London, the family moved to Attleborough in 1972 ago and set up home, where they have stayed since.

Over the years Mr Kemp worked as a printer with Breckland Print, while keen gardener Mrs Kemp worked in customer service at Unilever.

Now with five grandchildren and their hobbies, the retired couple still keep busy.

When asked about the key to their happy marriage, Mrs Kemp said that moving to Norfolk was 'the best thing we did'.

'i just think when we moved it was probably the best thing because when you live in London there's a lot of pressure and it's a very fast moving place to live. I think when we moved out of here, particularly for the children, it just gave us so much freedom and quality time together,' she added.

Do you have an Attleborough story we should be writing about? Contact reporter Lauren Cope on lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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